University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law

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University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
Established 1895
School type Public
Dean Ellen Suni
Location Kansas City, Missouri, USA
39°01′57″N 94°34′55″W / 39.03258°N 94.58188°W / 39.03258; -94.58188Coordinates: 39°01′57″N 94°34′55″W / 39.03258°N 94.58188°W / 39.03258; -94.58188
Enrollment 468 Full-time
Faculty 47
Bar pass rate 89.08% (1st-time MO Bar. July 2014)[1]
ABA profile [2]

The University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law is a public law school located on the main campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri, near the Country Club Plaza. It was founded in 1895 as the Kansas City School of Law, a private, independent law school located in Downtown Kansas City, and was purchased by the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1938. The law school moved to UMKC's main campus soon after, where it is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. According to UMKC School of Law's official 2014 ABA-required disclosures, 84% of the Class of 2014 obtained bar passage required or JD advantage employment within ten months after graduation.[1] UMKC School of Law offers a wide variety of courses and programs, but it has six areas of emphasis that are recognized at graduation based upon the student's fulfilling certain requirements:

  • Business and Entrepreneurial Law
  • Child and Family Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International, Comparative and Foreign Law
  • Litigation
  • Urban, Land Use and Environmental Law.[2]


The school is ranked #127 best law school in the U.S by the U.S News publication, placing it in the third tier according to the four tier system of law schools based on the U.S. News & World Report Annual Rankings (2015 data).[3] As a "Best Value Law School", the school was ranked A- by The National Law Juris (2013).[4]


It is one of four law schools in Missouri (St. Louis University School of Law, University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Washington University School of Law). It is one of seven American law schools to have had both a President of the United States (Harry S. Truman) and a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (Charles Evans Whittaker)attend. Truman attended but did not graduate from the law school and never practiced law. However, Harry Truman served as the presiding judge at the historic Truman Courthouse in Independence, MO. (See The other schools that have had President-Supreme Court graduates who practiced law are Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, the University of Virginia School of Law, the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and the Albany Law School.[5]

Degree programs offered[edit]


Five clinical programs permit students, acting under faculty supervision, to develop legal skills and learn professional values in actual practice settings:

  • Child & Family Services Clinic
  • Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic
  • Guardian ad Litem Workshop
  • Kansas City Tax Clinic
  • Midwestern Innocence Project


  • The UMKC Law Review
  • The Urban Lawyer
  • Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers


According to UMKC School of Law's official 2014 ABA-required disclosures, 64.33% of the Class of 2014 obtained full-time, long-term, Bar Passage Required nine months after graduation.[6] UMKC School of Law's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 33.3%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[7]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at UMKC School of Law for the 2015-2016 academic year, full-time first year law students is $53,296.40 for non-Missouri residents and $35,543.40 for Missouri residents.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]



Business and practice[edit]

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